A two-day event that is nearly a half-century old takes place today and Saturday in Townville.
The 44th annual Townville Old Home Days includes a history display in the Maplewood Elementary School gym, along with more than 50 indoor spaces of crafters and vendors this year. In addition to a silent auction, there will be bingo today and Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.
Outdoors, there will be games for all ages, including wagon rides, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 drawing held each hour as announced and a raffle.
The food booths, displays and outdoor games open today at noon. The entertainment will begin with the local “All-Stars” performing on stage, featuring Kevin Ann Smith at 3 p.m. The frog jump and the children’s games, such as face-painting and duck pond, among others, start at 4.
The Townville Old Home Days Queens Pageant is today in the Maplewood Elementary School auditorium. The age groups are Little Miss for 4 to 6 year olds and the Miss Townville category is for girls age 15 to 18 year olds.
Also, performing today are the Dixie Doodlers from 5 to 7 p.m. and Shades of Time from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Saturday’s event begin with the 5K race, with registration held from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. at the rear of Maplewood Elementary School. The route for this year’s race will be different from the past, with little runners’ traffic on the main roads. The race will begin at 8 a.m.
Preparations for the “Harvest Your Dreams” parade starts on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30.
Those who need more information on the parade are asked to contact Chris Gallagher at 967-4901 or firstname.lastname@example.org. with “parade” as the subject.
Following the parade, the food booths, games and displays will open at noon. The car show will also begin at noon. This is expected to include a variety of cars and motorcycles.
There is a registration fee for the car show, which will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Judging follows, with trophies awarded until the show ends at 4 p.m. For more information on the car show, contact Josh Blake at 673-8655 or by email at email@example.com, using the subject “OHD car show.”
On stage Saturday will be Jr. Miller and the Bluegrass Cut-ups from noon to 1:30 p.m. Registration for the firefighters’ water battles is at 12:30 p.m., with the battles to begin at 1. The parade trophies will be announced at 1, while the cornhole qualifiers begin at the same time, with the finals at 6 p.m.
Saturday’s next stage performance will be Allison Mattis from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The Tom, Lin and Tammy Show will be on stage from 4 to 5:30. The horseshoe pitching tournament will then take place at 4.
The Country Kickers will dance in front of the stage Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. The book dedications will be done at 7, then the band Sierra will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., with a break at 8:30 to introduce the Townville royalty to Saturday’s crowd.
The final events for the evening will be the announcement of the winners in the silent auction at 9 p.m., followed by the raffle prize giveaways at 10:30.
All events and schedules are subject to change by the Old Home Days Committee as needed.
The close of the celebration will include the need for volunteers as the cleanup begins on Sunday at 8 a.m. Lunch will follow as the work is completed.
Winners of many of the events will be announced at the beginning of next week.
The Old Home Days volunteers picnic is Aug. 4 at Wheelock’s Pavilion.